Born in Argentina, Pablo Furman emigrated to the United States in 1976 and received a doctoral degree in composition at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and was guest composer at Stanford University’s CCRMA and at the Djerassi Artist Foundation in Woodside, CA.
Furman is the winner of a Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation composition award, a composition award from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, a California Arts Council award in composition, a President’s Special Recognition Award granted in 1996 by Dr. Robert Caret, then president of San José State University for “[Furman’s] exceptional achievements that advance the University’s mission...” and two fellowship awards from the California State University (1993 and 1995) for his work in composition. He has received commissions from the International Computer Music Association, the New Music Works ensemble, the Earplay ensemble, the Composers Conference & Chamber Music Center (Wellesley, MA), and the San José Chamber Orchestra as well as from renowned professional music performers.
His compositions have been performed by the Olsztyn Philharmonia Orchestra, Poland; the International Double Reed Society (Tampa, Florida), both occasions with oboist Sherry Sylar, acting principal oboe of the N. Y. Philharmonic Orchestra; San José Chamber Orchestra (several), Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra; at conferences of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US); at the Brandeis University New Music Festival (twice); Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; International Computer Music Conference in Montreal, Canada, Thessaloniki, Greece, Hong Kong and Thailand; the Mid-American New Music Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva (Mexico City); the Festival International de Música Contemporanea (Guanajuato, Mexico); the 1993 Convention of the National Flute Association, and the Santa Cruz New Music Works series. His work Synergy, for amplified flute and electronics is featured on a CD produced by the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and Music for Alto Saxophone and Electronics is featured in a CD by saxophonist John Sampen on Capstone Records CPS-8636, “The Electric Saxophone.” His works are published by Theodor Presser Co., and J/P Publications.
Furman is Associate Director and coordinator of the composition and music technology programs at San José State University where he teaches composition, music theory, and electronic music.